So, last week we took a little trip. Our weekend destination was Ortigueira, a relatively small town near the northern Galician coast, where there is a folk music festival each year. It’s sort of a hike (5 hours by car), so C wanted to take advantage of it – he has clients coming in November who basically want to experience part of the Camino by car, and he wanted to go back and visit some of the things we couldn’t/didn’t see while we were on the Camino.
So. We left Tuesday. Approximately 600 kilometers, two dozen castles/churches/ruins, and three days later, we arrived in Ortigueira. Let me just say a couple things here. One, the Camino is just not the same by car. In fact, I didn’t like it. It made me feel lazy, and seeing the things we saw when we were walking, but from a car window? Just not the same. Two. While there are some stunning churches and castles in this country, there are some that are just flat out boring. I have come to the conclusion that if it is beautiful from the outside, you should stay outside and enjoy the view. 🙂
I did truly appreciate how the landscape changes though. In May and June we saw lush, green rolling hills and pink and purple flowers everywhere, but these are equally as beautiful.
The new part of our trip included the drive from Finesterre to Muxia, another popular ending point for the Camino. Very different, but very pretty. I felt bad taking pictures there (yeah, I know, that’s ridiculous…) so I didn’t, and just told myself I’d snap some next time when I arrived by foot.
We did stop here though. If only I could remember what it was called.
ANYhoo. We got into Ortigueira on Thursday night when the festival started. Basically, there were four groups that played each night, beginning at ten and ending as late as 4:30…from all over (Spain, Ireland, Scotland, etc.) and all a little different. And during the days, there were
like forty-five dozen bagpipe bands performing in the streets (I enjoy the bagpipe, I do, but eventually they all sorta sound the same to my apparently untrained ear), and vendors selling food and crafts and jewelry and all that. The audience was mixed, but it leaned heavily on the hippy-dippy crowd. Here are a few shots.
We did squeeze in a wee bit of beach time, and leaving the festival on Monday also made a few stops at some stunning places along the coast.